I was reading an article today I must say, I'm a little tossed at this - maybe it's because I've got my food and your food on my plate but whatever the weather, I've been wondering a bit more lately as to whether submitting articles to article directories would be less effective than drafting them and posting them on my site (client sites etc.)...
OK here's my perspective: Twitter and Facebook - well, when they first launched, correct me if I'm wrong but I don't believe Zuckerberg was writing and submitting articles...that came later and generally more so by people not associated with him (i.e. news, hackers etc.).
Did Facebook even need "rankings"? I don't think so. Their popularity was on their site.
So back to article writing, and submitting them on, or off your site and their long term value. Could one really and truly drop off-site article submissions and keep all their content to themselves and simply interlink?
I know the answer could be that the abundance of (good) content in of itself should or will probably get links which in turn would boost it's rankings so my question really is:
Can a website take on the rest of it's competitors as a stand alone page rank "generator" combined with my original question as to the long term value of articles submitted on my site verses an article submission directory.
The connection is if I only submit my articles to my site, is there a chance I could take on my competitors, especially in the long term...
You know what I mean, share your thoughts please?